Foreign Marques Dominate 10-Best Interiors List
Nine of the vehicles in this year’s Wards 10-Best Interiors list are non-U.S.-badged models.
This year’s winners and the price of the vehicle tested are:
- Alfa Romeo Giulia ($50,500)
- Bentley Bentayga ($278,700)
- Buick LaCrosse ($50,300)
- Honda CR-V ($35,000)
- Lexus LC 500 ($103,000)
- Lincoln Continental ($73,000)
- Maserati Levante ($90,000)
- Mazda CX-9 ($46,000)
- Mini Countryman ($38,000)
- Subaru Impreza ($29,300)
Some 31 all-new and significantly redesigned vehicles sold in the U.S. were eligible for the award. WardsAuto editors evaluated the vehicles based on aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, materials usage, fit-and-finish and user-friendly electronics.
Seven of the vehicles are from brands represented for the first time. Only Lexus, Honda and Mazda had previous winners on the list. Half of the winners are luxury or near-luxury marques.
The Lexus ES sedan is more than just an offering within the company’s lineup.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
Kia Motors America COO and executive vice president says this crossover is “crafted for the urban pioneer.” And it is designed and engineered for competing in one of the hottest segments in the overall auto market.